Warning: The video is hard to watch…
A 59-year-old man died as a result of wounds sustained by two adolescent siblings during an assault caused by the man’s reluctance to grant them a dollar.
John Weed and his family attended the Great Frederick Fair in Maryland on Friday when the teens, ages 15 and 16, approached him. According to the prosecution, after refusing to offer them a dollar, the 15-year-old sucker-punched Weed, knocking him out. Video evidence of the assault reveals chaos and laughter in moments after Weed touches the pavement; even one of the kids spits on his body.
Medics flew the victim to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, 4 NBC Washington reported on Monday. Weed succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, according to the local sheriff’s office.
“I think it’s despicable, and it tells me a lot about how these young people view this person by the very fact after they had him on the ground they taunted and they spit on him,” Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said. “That to me shows hatred and disgust and despise.”
The 15-year-old teenager who gave the sucker punch was prosecuted with abuse in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and careless danger. According to police, his 16-year-old brother received a second-degree assault.
The assailants are prosecuted as juveniles, but prosecution may press for adolescents to be attempted as adults.
“I’ve been doing this for close to thirty years,” said Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith. “There’s plenty of times where good people make bad decisions, but when they result in somebody’s death, you get punished.”
When Sheriff Jenkins was asked by a reporter what the “appropriate punishment” should be for the boys “given their age,” he sternly replied, “The maximum.”
“They made an adult decision by doing what they did and ended up with a man losing his life, the sister losing a brother, whatever,” he said. “They deserve the maximum penalty.”
The video of the vicious attack picked up traffic online on Sunday. But the post that originally published the clip depicted the assault wrongly as black teenagers defending themselves against a “white supremacist.” The video post has been viewed over 230,000 times and garnered nearly 2,000 likes.
“A white supremacist tried to racially antagonize a group of Black kids at the Frederick Fair in MD. He started calling them the N-word, and one of the kids, fearing for his life, punched the racist man. The white supremacist later died and two innocent Black victims were charged,” the caption reads.
A white supremacist tried to racially antagonize a group of Black kids at the Frederick Fair in MD. He started calling them the N-word, and one of the kids, fearing for his life, punched the racist man. The white supremacist later died and two innocent Black victims were charged pic.twitter.com/uw56d6Cn0V
— Church Of Ogun (@ChurchofOgun) September 23, 2019
After the violent event, the Great Frederick Fair issued a declaration highlighting its dedication to security and downplaying the deadly attack.
“The Great Frederick Fair’s number one priority is the safety and security of our guests,” the statement reads. “To dispel rumors of the events of last night, while there was an assault, there was NO shooting and NO stabbing. The team of security and law enforcement was able to respond rapidly to control and contain the incident. The investigation into this incident remains active and any further information regarding the assault will be released from the Sheriff’s Office.”